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Private Soap Making Workshop for Beginners

Private Soap Making Workshop for Beginners

One-on-One Private Workshop for Beginning Soap Makers

This class is offered privately and scheduled at your convenience year round. Add a second attendee for $100.00.

Come visit The Soap Shed and spend the day in person with us.

This one day workshop provides an overview of cold-process soap making geared to beginning soapmakers, whether you are a complete novice or tried a batch or two on your own. Add a friend or family member to bring with you, and join in the fun!

Cold process soap making is the old-fashioned process that combines sodium hydroxide with fats and oils, and creates a soap that cleans with kindness due to the glycerine created and retained in the soap. We do not teach ‘melt and pour’ glycerine soapcrafting or hot process soap in this workshop.

The workshop fee includes a day one-on-one with Dr.T, a retired science professor who will provide class lecture, demonstration & supervise your soap production from 9:30am through 4:30pm; lunch, beverages and snacks; all supplies and materials needed for class (oils, butters, lye, fragrances, safety goggles, gloves, aprons, and soap mold to take your soap home) and the Workshop Workbook including classroom lecture notes, helpful online resources, and recommended soap making suppliers.

A tour of Soap Shed production areas, soap molds, drying racks, cutting, packaging, retail customer shop, and shipping areas will be provided.

Workshop Topics

Tim will introduce you to soap making procedures required to make soap from scratch and demonstrate how to make a batch of soap while you assist and watch.

While making this batch he will introduce Basic Soap Chemistry and the necessary Safety Precautions you must take when working with Lye (sodium hydroxide); demonstrate how to measure, weigh, and melt your oils, monitor temperatures and mix your soap batch. Soap molds, liners and other necessary equipment will be shown and used.

After you have made a batch of soap with Tim, you will make your first batch of soap - a single Fat or Oil Soap - with Tim as YOUR assistant.

After lunch, you and Tim will jointly make a batch of goat milk soap using multiple oils, so you can begin to understand the difference in using milk as your liquid rather than just water as well as multiple-oil recipes. Depending on time, Tim will either discuss with you adding Butters and botanicals to your batch, or you'll get a chance to make a batch with butters.

Then we’ll introduce you to the Processing phase, where we evaluate soap to determine its readiness for cutting, and demonstrate how to use a variety of soap molds, log splitters and different size bar cutters.

We’ll show you our current drying rack rooms (as well as different methods when our business was smaller) and explain our curing process.

Your workshop manual will include SAP values for oils and butters you may choose to work with on your own, and resources to help you create your own soap recipes. You will take home your batches of soap in their own travel mold for processing, cutting and packaging later yourself.

Your one day workshop is over about 4:30 pm.

This general outline can be modified in many ways to meet your needs. If you'd like a second private day, just choose '2' as your quantity during checkout at our website. If you'd like to send your ideas to us via email (info at soapshed.com) or speak to us via phone prior to your registering online, feel free to do so. You'll find a link to our Contact Us form and our 800 number listed in the top right of every page on our website.


Supplies and Materials

We will provide all Supplies and Materials you need for the workshops, including safety goggles, gloves, aprons and molds. Please wear old clothes so if you splatter olive oil or butters on them, you won’t be heartbroken. Long sleeves, full length pants and closed toed shoes protect your skin best so please wear them.

After receiving safety instructions and guidance about the protective gear you should always wear (safety goggles, etc), you must sign a Liability Waiver for us before being allowed around ‘lye’ and the production area.

And if you don't understand why a liability waiver is needed when visitors are allowed around sodium hydroxide or lye, well, that's one of the reasons you need this workshop before you make soap on your own!

Prior to your private workshop, you will receive a notebook with written material on each topic we cover, along with supplier information and recipes to get you started. We will email a pdf of this notebook to you prior to our time together so you can prepare ahead of time., which will allow us to make the most of our one-on-one time together.

We will provide an additional 30 minute consultation within 30 days after your private workshop day, as a follow up to our day together, for you to discuss anything you'd like or any questions that have come up for you.

Workshop Timeframes

All Day on our agreed upon date: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Workshop Location

The workshop will be held at The Soap Shed, Spruce Pine, North Carolina.

About The Facilitators

Tim Tyndall, Ed.D. is a science professor by education and training, having been a science teacher and college administrator for 30 years in chemistry, biology, botany and health sciences. 'Dr.T' has been teaching handmade soapmaking weekend classes and week long classes at the John C Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC for fifteen years.

Karen Wylie, M.Ed., Ed.D. was a business consultant for twenty years before creating The Soap Shed in 1998. Karen manages wholesale purchases of Soap Shed soap and our soapshed.com website. She also created our production, inventory, quality control and packaging procedures.

In response to requests for soapmaking demonstrations, The Soap Shed opened its doors to the public in 2000. Located just off Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 331, during the Blue Ridge mountain tourist season (May-October) visitors can see soap made and select from 150 varieties in the Soap Shed's retail shop.

The Soap Shed's current level of production is 60,000 bars annually, or twelve tons of soap. We've grown through many various batch and mold sizes through the years, not to mention websites, suppliers and marketing strategies. We can help you navigate your options at the different stages of growth you find yourself considering.

Prior to creating The Soap Shed, Tim & Karen were business educators and consultants to clients in the furniture & textile industries. When these industries literally left the USA in the mid 1990s, Tim and Karen reinvented their lives and livelihood by creating The Soap Shed at midlife, at ages 52 & 40, respectively.

Their unusual backgrounds - combined with their first hand experience in creating and running a handmade soap business for nearly 20 years - provide Tim and Karen with unique perspectives on making and selling handmade soap, and small business start up and growth.

How To Register

You can register for this Workshop by putting it in your shopping cart and checking out here on soapshed.com. You may also pay by check or money order in the amount of $295.00 (or $395.00 for two) and mailing it to The Soap Shed, 179 Meadow View Road, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

Please feel free to contact us at 877-404-SOAP or complete our 'Contact Us' form (located on the top right of each page) with any questions you have. And please read our cancellation policy below before signing up.

Where To Stay

A list of private and chain hotels and motels within 20 miles of The Soap Shed will be provided when you register. Asheville and Boone are great towns to stay in, but they are an hour's drive from Spruce Pine.

How to Get to Spruce Pine, North Carolina

We are located in Northwestern North Carolina, tucked up close to the Tennessee state line. We are one hour east of Asheville, one hour south of Boone, 2 hours north of Greenville-Spartanburg SC, and 2 hours northwest of Charlotte.

For anyone flying in, Charlotte-Douglas Airport and Greenville-Spartanburg Airport are larger airports than Asheville, but the Asheville Airport is about an hour and 15 minutes drive from here. Because of the distance, we regret we are unable to offer airport transportation assistance. Car rental from Asheville is usually far less expensive than limousine.

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